`3 Yemeni soldiers killed` in clashes with south separatists

Three Yemeni soldiers have been killed in clashes between the army and militants from the separatist Southern Movement in Daleh province, a source from the movement said on Wednesday.

Last Updated: Jun 23, 2010, 18:09 PM IST

Sanaa: Three Yemeni soldiers have been
killed in clashes between the army and militants from the
separatist Southern Movement in Daleh province, a source from
the movement said on Wednesday.

Three other soldiers and three militants were wounded
in the fighting that erupted when the separatists attacked a
military post in the southern province during the past two
days, the source told agency.
A tank, a military vehicle and an oil tanker were
destroyed in the fighting, the source said.

In a separate incident, armed men from the movement,
a coalition of groups wanting greater autonomy or independence
for south Yemen, bombarded the house of Daleh`s provincial
governor and a military post, a security official told
AFP, adding that no damage was reported.

An intelligence officer also escaped an assassination
attempt yesterday by armed men in the town of Khawbar, in
Daleh`s northern district, a local source said.

However, one of his companions was killed and another
wounded, a local source told AFP.

Over the past year, the south has witnessed
increasingly bloody protests against perceived discrimination
by the Sanaa government in the allocation of resources.
On Sunday, two senior Yemeni army officers were killed
in a gun battle with separatist militants in Daleh which also
left two gunmen dead and one wounded, according to the defence
ministry.

PTI